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I've been watching for a good deal on a Hue Hub....Best Buy has a Deal of the Day that looks pretty slick. 2 bulbs, a hub and remote for $49.99. Just the hub usually runs around $60. All of the Hue deals showed Out of Stock earlier this morning, but I had been checking back every hour and everything was just in stock again. I just placed an order around 11am EDT.

I *think* this same kit is on Amazon for $117. https://www.amazon.com/Philips-Hu...B01F6T4R80

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/phil...Id=6416457
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Did you look at the pics? They usually show what you get.
As someone else said ~60 is the hard cap.

But you could always add another bridge. You'll be able to control things on the same bridge with the smart switch's/lutron. For example: you could put all the lights and switches in your living room on one hub, and then the rest of the house on the other hub.

Depending on how your smart home is set up though, you could run into some issues.

1. If you wanted to change *all* the lights on both hubs (say change them all the colors for a party), you couldn't do it all at once. You'd change one hub's lights, and then manually switch to the other hub in the app, and switch those lights.

2. If you use Alexa or Google Home, they won't be able to discover and control devices on 2 different hubs. You could only control one hub via smart assistants.

If you are just connecting everything to smart switches, 2 hubs isn't a big deal. But if you want voice control for everything, it's not going to work.

If I had to guess, Philips will probably release an update to connect multiple bridges, or release a bridge 3.0 that can manage more devices. They sell sooo many different devices that they have to start considering their customers need a better way to control them all. Can't sell more stuff if your customers can't even use them properly.

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Does anyone know how many devices the bridge can handle? And does that include devices like the Lutron Dimmer. I'm about at 50 which I think I read somewhere is the max but reading conflicting reports of people being able to add more than the 50. I just bought 8 of the Lutron and I have 9 or 10 more bulbs I still didn't install - these would easily put me over 50.

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Does white box mean refurbished?
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Does anyone know how many devices the bridge can handle? And does that include devices like the Lutron Dimmer. I'm about at 50 which I think I read somewhere is the max but reading conflicting reports of people being able to add more than the 50. I just bought 8 of the Lutron and I have 9 or 10 more bulbs I still didn't install - these would easily put me over 50.

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~60ish. It will just stop letting you add bulbs/devices at some point around there. I wish there was a cleaner way to integrate/manage multiple hubs
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Did you look at the pics? They usually show what you get.
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Does this package includes hue bridge
From the image Best Buy provided on the item link above, it looks like it does have a hub, 2 bulbs and a switch.
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~60ish. It will just stop letting you add bulbs/devices at some point around there. I wish there was a cleaner way to integrate/manage multiple hubs
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Does this package includes hue bridge
The picture shows the bridge but it doesn't mention it on the product page. I ordered it now. If it doesn't include the bridge, I will return it. This seems like a unique Best Buy bundle and I can't find much info on it.
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Does this package includes hue bridge
Yes.

Heads up you can usually find people reselling hubs for $30-35 on eBay for people that buy starter kits and keep only the bulbs. White bulbs can we found stand alone on SD for $10 sometimes.

Everyone wins, I get more lights and someone new starts their hue journey! I've been guilty of getting some of my friends addicted to hue after giving them a free hub.
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Does anyone know how many devices the bridge can handle? And does that include devices like the Lutron Dimmer. I'm about at 50 which I think I read somewhere is the max but reading conflicting reports of people being able to add more than the 50. I just bought 8 of the Lutron and I have 9 or 10 more bulbs I still didn't install - these would easily put me over 50.

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63 is the upper limit of a single hub. I'm not sure if the 12 accessory limit is included in that number. Once you get past 50 bulbs you might start seeing performance issues. Best practice is get a second hub and split the load.
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White box normally means a generic (white?) cardboard box. Not in retail packaging with color pictures.

It could be new or refurbished...
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I'm not sure about the light bulbs or this starter kits being "white box", but in the case of Hue's light strips, the white boxes at Best Buy were old models which had faulty power supplies.Here is a video that explains the issue. [youtu.be] I'm not sure if that is a worry in this case, but something to think about.

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Anyone have a guess if these would be the latest generation bulbs?
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Does anyone know how many devices the bridge can handle? And does that include devices like the Lutron Dimmer. I'm about at 50 which I think I read somewhere is the max but reading conflicting reports of people being able to add more than the 50. I just bought 8 of the Lutron and I have 9 or 10 more bulbs I still didn't install - these would easily put me over 50.

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As someone else said ~60 is the hard cap.

But you could always add another bridge. You'll be able to control things on the same bridge with the smart switch's/lutron. For example: you could put all the lights and switches in your living room on one hub, and then the rest of the house on the other hub.

Depending on how your smart home is set up though, you could run into some issues.

1. If you wanted to change *all* the lights on both hubs (say change them all the colors for a party), you couldn't do it all at once. You'd change one hub's lights, and then manually switch to the other hub in the app, and switch those lights.

2. If you use Alexa or Google Home, they won't be able to discover and control devices on 2 different hubs. You could only control one hub via smart assistants.

If you are just connecting everything to smart switches, 2 hubs isn't a big deal. But if you want voice control for everything, it's not going to work.

If I had to guess, Philips will probably release an update to connect multiple bridges, or release a bridge 3.0 that can manage more devices. They sell sooo many different devices that they have to start considering their customers need a better way to control them all. Can't sell more stuff if your customers can't even use them properly.
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